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Mrs. Nguyen Thi Uyen a woman living with HIV/AIDS established the Green Truong Son Self-Help Group in 2007 in An Lao District, Haiphong City. The group currently includes 65 people living with HIV/AIDS and 59 OVC.

Name:

Mrs. Nguyen Thi Uyen

Circumstances:

Mrs. Nguyen Thi Uyen a woman living with HIV/AIDS established the Green Truong Son Self-Help Group in 2007 in An Lao District, Haiphong City. The group currently includes 65 people living with HIV/AIDS and 59 OVC.

Help:

In January 2010, when COHED proposed to support the Green Truong Son Self-Help Group with a micro-credit programme, Mrs. Uyen was concerned. She was afraid that she wouldn’t be able to manage the micro-credit programme due to a lack of experience. However, she received strong support and positive encouragement from her family and Green Truong Son Self-Help Group members, including technical and financial support from COHED, she and four other women living with HIV/AIDS decided to set up the Green Truong Son micro credit board. She hoped that she would benefit PLHIV in her district.

Nguyen Thi Uyen and members of micro credit board periodically undertook home visits to PLHIV in An Lao District to identify their livelihoods needs, surveyed their financial circumstances and assessed their business plans, and helped them fill in their loan application forms. Together with COHED officers, they reviewed the procedures and ratified the loans.

After the households received the loans, the micro credit board members undertook monthly visits to supervise the business activities and collected the local repayment instalments. Each loan was repaid on a monthly basis over a 12-month period.

Mrs. Uyen and the board members had to complete the time-consuming task of collecting the repayments from each household, record the returns and continuously ratify new loans for other households. Thanks to the strong support from COHED, just six months later, they were capable of doing their own bookkeeping and completing the loan forms. The work provides encouragement as it helps bring meaningful changes to many of the HIV affected families in their community.

As of December 31, 2011, a total 164 million VND in loans managed by the Green Truong Son Self-Help Group had been distributed to 63 households of people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS in An Lao District. Based on their initial success the amount increased to 437 million VND. Each household received an average loan of between five and seven million VND.

Today:

Realising the efficiency of community activities and the micro credit programme run by the Green Truong Son Self-Help Group, local An Lao district authorities provided positive support to the group through officially recognising the establishment of the Green Truong Son Co-operative Group. The group continues to meets at Mrs. Nguyen Thi Uyen’s home.

A beneficiary of micro credit programme said: “We’re really appreciative of the economic opportunities provided by Mrs. Uyen and the Green Truong Son Group members.”

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